The Track to a successful TEN-T
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is essential for the coordination of major rail projects, physical and digital, across Europe. The overall development of cross-border, regional and high-speed infrastructure, the necessary impetus to shift more passengers and freight to sustainable modes like rail, as well as cohesion and social inclusion all rely on a sound TEN-T policy. At the end of 2021, the European Year of Rail, the European Commission published its proposal for the revision of the Regulation on the Trans-European Transport Network. The file is pivotal to reinforce the foundations for a seamless multimodal transport system with rail at its heart.
Kindly hosted by MEP Dominique Riquet, co-rapporteur on the TEN-T file, CER presented ‘The track to a successful TEN-T for a sustainably connected Europe’, a conference and exhibition taking place over three days in the European Parliament to showcase why TEN-T plays such an important role for rail and why rail deserves a special place in the TEN-T.
The three-day exhibition transported visitors to "Europe Central Station", which was filled with relevant info at every platform, news kiosk and storage locker.
Posters and display screens featured a range of infrastructure projects, from major constructions to missing links, with 6 European mega projects showcased at each of the B platforms: Rail Baltica, the Polish STH high-speed rail programme, the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, the Brenner Corridor Munich-Verona, the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), and the Lyon-Turin Tunnel Euralpin.
A freight section showed how TEN-T is an opportunity for modal shift. We also presented the technology that’s helping to revolutionise the sector for the future. And at platform C was the Connecting Europe Express, with information on international passengers services including high-speed and night trains as well as ticketing.
Click on the images below to discover the exhibition content or view our wrap-up publication here.
TEN-T Infrastructure project map
Major European projects
Passenger vision aboard the Connecting Europe Express
Click on the pictures to download the pdf or play our CER-man game!
The opening ceremony took place on the site of the exhibition on Tuesday 11 October, following a policy debate where the key implications of the TEN-T revision for rail infrastructure, passenger and freight services were discussed with a panel of experts.
The exhibition remained open till the end of Thursday 13 October.